WMI Control Error Win32: Access is denied

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
Our environment: Windows 2000 and 2003 (R2) domain controllers, Windows 2000 (sp4) and XP (sp2) workstations. We have a group policy to turn off the windows firewall.

The problem: when I try to use Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI - wmimgmt.msc) and connect to a different computer I get an error message that says, "Win32: Access is denied." when I go to WMI Control Properties. I've clicked the Change... button to try different user accounts and I can never connect. I've tried my account (member of domain admins), the domain administrator account, and the local administrator account but I still get Access is denied. My computer is running Windows XP SP2 and the target machine is running Windows 2000 SP4. I can connect to other Windows 2000 SP4 machines and other XP machines but there are a few that I can't connect to. I haven't seen a pattern and the event logs aren't showing anything that helpful.

Anyone got any ideas?
Question by:kernfcuis

    Author Comment

    Okay, I have a little more information. I tried this command from my computer:

    wmic /node:remote_computer OS GET Caption,CSDVersion,CSName

    I received this error:
    Node - remote_computer
    Code = 0x80070005
    Description = Access is denied
    Facility = Win32

    I checked the Security event log on the remote computer and saw these two messages:

    Source: Security
    Category: Account Logon
    Type: Failure Audit
    Event ID: 681
    Computer: remote_computer
    Description: The logon to account: myusername by: MICROSOFT_AUTHENTICATION_PACKAGE_V1_0 from workstation: local_computer failed. The error code was: 3221225572

    Source: Security
    Category: Logon/Logoff
    Type: Failure Audit
    Event ID: 529
    Computer: remote_computer
    Description: Logon Failure
     Reason: Unknown user name or bad password
     User Name: myusername
     Domain: our_domain
     Logon Type: 3
     Logon Process: NtLmSsp
     Authentication Package: NTLM
     Workstation Name: B1IS2

    I've retried my password a couple of times and still no luck.
    LVL 4

    Accepted Solution

    You don't have administrative access on the computer u are trying to acces this way. Best is to create a group on your domain call it something like workstation admins. Put yourself in this group and on your network login script let it add this group into the administrative group on the workstations. This will ensure that you have administrative rights on all your workstations and thus you will be able to access them via Computer Management. Hope this helps.


    LVL 2

    Assisted Solution

    You can download the microsoft WMI Object browser

    and try that one maybe it gives you a more specific error.

    Author Comment

    Need to clarify something: we are in the domain admins group in our domain, so we should have administrative access to all workstations.
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    Expert Comment

    As long as your domain admins have local administrative access on the pc's it should work I see no reason why what does the event log on the server say which you to ryn and connect from?.

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